Byron Angel wrote:Given all the contradictory testimony, I'm doubtful that the proximate cause of Chokai's destruction can really be pinned down.
At 0851, CHOKAI is taken under 5-inch fire from "Taffy 3" escort carriers and destroyer escort ROBERTS. She receives 6 shell hits to port side amidships, probably from escort carrier WHITE PLAINS (CVE-66).
At 0859, a secondary explosion, probably caused by CHOKAI's own torpedoes on deck, knocks out her engines and rudder. She shears out of formation to port and moves eastward.
After 0905, four TBM-1C "Avengers" from KITKUN BAY’s VC-5 attack a Japanese heavy cruiser (in all likelihood CHOKAI), already being engaged by WHITE PLAINS, using her 5-inch stern gun. Led by Cdr Richard L. Fowler, the "Avengers" score one 500-lb SAP bomb hit to the cruiser’s stern. The pilots observe how the crippled CHOKAI, billowing smoke, begins to slow down. 
At 0955, lookouts on cruiser TONE observe CHOKAI, dead in the water, 3.8 miles away.
At 1006, Kurita orders Cdr Matsuzaki Tatsuji's destroyer FUJINAMI to escort CHOKAI. She and FUJINAMI down an Avenger during an air attack. FUJINAMI removes the survivors including Captain Tanaka.
At 2148, FUJINAMI signals that she scuttled CHOKAI with torpedoes at 11-22N, 126-22E.
Byron Angel wrote:I'm unsure how this can be categorized as a failure of the torpedo.
Byron Angel wrote:IMO, the on board risk is being greatly over-stated.
Byron Angel wrote:Steve - Re tactical employment of the Type 93 at 2nd Guadalcanal:
DD WALKE - sunk
DD PRESTON - sunk
DD BENHAM - sunk
BB SODAK - sailed right through a mass launch of approximately Type 93s, which miraculously missed her despite the fact the she was totally unaware of the attack.
BB WASHINGTON - never spotted or engaged by Kondo's force.
I'm unsure how this can be categorized as a failure of the torpedo.
frontkampfer wrote:The Km had issues with their torpedoes early on as well.
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